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Arizona Now Requires Paid Time Off and a Higher Minimum Wage

Arizona voters recently passed AZ Prop 206 – the Fair Wages & Healthy Families Act – by a significant margin. Prop 206 increases the minimum wage in Arizona to: - $10.00 per hour on January 1, 2017 - $10.50 per hour on...more

Arizona's New Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time Law

11/29/2016 On November 8, 2016, the voters in Arizona passed the Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time Off Initiative, also known as Proposition 206. The paid sick time component of the law will go into effect July 1, 2017, while...more

Post-Election Impact – What’s a Federal Contractor to Do?

Back on September 7, 2015, President Obama signed Executive Order 13706, which requires that certain federal contractors provide their employees up to fifty-six hours of paid sick leave per year. In February of this year, the...more

Sick Leave Laws Expanded in Chicago, Cook County and Illinois

Three new leave laws in Illinois provide more paid and unpaid leave for employees, but they also impose new obligations on employers. On June 22, 2016, Chicago enacted an ordinance that, when it goes into effect on...more

New Arizona Law Provides Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Time

On November 8, 2016, Arizona voters enacted the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act (“FWHFA” or “the Act”), which amends the Arizona Minimum Wage Act (“AMWA”) to provide for incremental increases to the minimum wage for...more

Court of Appeal Gives California Employers a Break – but Not a Full Vacation – from PTO Reporting Requirements

Your employees may spend their time daydreaming about how to spend the vacation hours they accumulate each pay period – and in California, they are entitled to be paid out upon termination for any accrued, unused vacation...more

Arizona Raises Minimum Wage, Adds Paid Sick Leave Requirement

When Arizona voters passed Proposition 206, The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act, on November 8, 2016, they not only approved an increase in Arizona's minimum wage, they also approved a requirement for employers to provide...more

An Attempt at Efficiency: A Look at the TTAB’s Upcoming Rule Changes

The rule changes are aimed at streamlining proceedings before the TTAB. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB or the Board) will implement several important rule changes as of January 14, 2017. The changes will...more

California Court of Appeal Concludes Accrued Paid Time Off Need Not Be Identified in Wage Statements Until Employment Ends

In a win for employers, the California Court of Appeal recently held that employers are not required to include the monetary amount of accrued vacation pay or paid time off (PTO) in its employees’ wage statements until a...more

Should You Allow Your Employees Time Off to Vote? Three Considerations for Connecticut Employers

Election Day is now less than two weeks away. While many states require employers to provide their employees with time off to vote, Connecticut is not one of them. Employers in the state should, however, keep the following...more

Cook County, Illinois Becomes First in the Midwest to Mandate Countywide Paid Sick Leave

On October 5, 2016, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance (the “Ordinance”). Notably, Cook County, Illinois encompasses the City of Chicago, which passed its own paid sick...more

Cook County Ordinance Expands Reach of Paid Sick Leave

On October 5, 2016, the Cook County Board of Commissioners enacted an ordinance that will require employers throughout Cook County, Illinois to provide paid sick leave to employees (the “Cook County Ordinance”). The Cook...more

Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Implementing Executive Order Requiring Paid Sick Leave for Employees of Federal Contractors

On September 29, 2016, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued regulations (the “final rule”) implementing Executive Order 13706, which requires federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to their employees. According to...more

No Rest for the Weary: Breaking Down DOL’s New Paid Sick Leave Mandate for Federal Contractors

The regulatory onslaught for federal contractors just won’t stop. The “contractor blacklisting” regulations implementing Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces are set to take effect by the end of this month....more

Following Chicago’s Lead, Cook County Requires Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave to Employees

This summer, we reported that the City of Chicago had passed an ordinance requiring employers located in the City to provide paid sick leave to their employees. Last week, Cook County followed suit, passing a virtually...more

Cook County, Illinois, Enacts Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

The Cook County “Earned Sick Leave” Ordinance mandates that employers in Cook County, Illinois, allow eligible employees to accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick leave in each 12-month period of their employment. The Ordinance,...more

DOL Issues Final Rule Requiring Covered Federal Contractors to Provide Paid Sick Leave

Covered federal contractors must provide their employees a minimum of 56 hours of paid sick leave per year, pursuant to a final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on September 30, 2016. The new paid sick leave...more

Minneapolis Amends Recently Enacted Paid Sick Leave Law

Minneapolis, Minnesota has amended the Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance less than four months after it was enacted. The amendments come on the heels of neighboring St. Paul adopting its own paid sick leave law, and...more

Perspective: The Accenture Blockchain Patent

Blockchain innovators need to understand that they are working in an early-stage, evolving IP landscape where the potential risks are still very difficult to evaluate....more

DOL Issues Final Rule Requiring Paid Sick Leave For Some Federal Contractor Employees

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor published its Final Rule to implement Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. President Obama issued the Executive Order on Labor Day 2015, and the...more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XXIII: Morristown Delays Sick Leave Law’s Effective Date

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Morristown, NJ paid sick time ordinance’s effective date has been delayed by more than three months following a mayoral executive order.  The ordinance now goes into effect on January 11, 2017....more

DOL Issues Final Rule on Federal Contractors Requiring Paid Sick Leave

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule Thursday requiring federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to employees who work on or in connection with certain federal contracts. The final rule implements...more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XXIV: Montgomery County, MD Paid Sick Leave Is Here

Seyfarth Synopsis: Montgomery County’s Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act will be going into effect this weekend, on October 1, 2016. Unlike most municipal paid sick leave laws, which are enacted to cover a specific city or town,...more

DOL Issues Final Rule on Government Contractor Sick Pay

The U.S. Department of Labor issued its Final Rule on Thursday, September 29, 2016, implementing a 2015 Executive Order requiring federal contractors to provide at least seven days of paid sick leave annually. Under the Final...more

BREAKING: DOL Publishes Final Rule Requiring Federal Contractors To Provide Paid Sick Leave To Employees

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published its final rule implementing Executive Order 13706 (the “Final Rule”), which requires certain federal contractors and subcontractors to provide paid sick leave to their...more

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